Summer comes and we make plans to get certain things accomplished. This Summer I’d like to….and our list starts from there. My reading has taken me a lot to John 15 this month and reminds me constantly to remain attached to Jesus. An area to gain Jesus’ strength, is the area of integrity.
Integrity is essential for credibility. And for many people the starting point of losing integrity is when they stop being honest with themselves.
When you lead an organization, team , church or family all eyes are on you. The success and progress of your family/organization is strangely intertwined with your significance and self-esteem. This is what makes it difficult for us to be honest with ourselves. There are times when things are not going as well as we like. The family/organization is in decline, resources are drying up or people are jumping ship. And instead of looking at the cold hard facts we try to convince ourselves that everything is okay. We find excuses for why things are not going well and worse we even put a spin to make it look like these things are positive.
Talking with the church planter friend in Kennewick, he shared with me about all the people leaving his church. He put a positive spin on it by saying, “You know we are just blessed to be sending people out.” But from everything I could discern people were leaving because he was not a leader others wanted to follow. When a leader is not honest with themselves he/she will continue down the road of mediocrity which ultimately leads to failure.
When we’re not honest with ourselves…
- we fail to grow in essential areas that help us improve as leaders
- we lose credibility and influence with our followers
- we’re unable to move into a place of fruitfulness and fulfillment
- we hinder the work God wants to do in our own development
Remember Paul’s words in Romans 12:3 “Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” Take some time and ask yourself a few questions I, too have been challenged with:
- How are things going, really?
- Are there excuses I’ve been making for poor performance or unacceptable results?
- Am I fruitful and fulfilled in what I am doing? If no, then why not?
- Am I using my God-given gifts? What’s the evidence of that?
- Am I excited about the future? If no, why not?
- Am I actively listening for the promptings of the Holy Spirit?
- Do I feel challenged by the work that I do or have I grown stale?
Do not know the author of the quote but it goes something like..."The person who is honest with themselves about themselves will walk in humility and gain greater respect among others."
Summer starts are fun...looking forward to at great one at PCC